More new milk glass marked McKeeBy Mark Chervenka
More new milk glass marked McKee
New milk glass with the molded McKee script mark first started appearing in 1998. At that time, the only documented script McKee-marked reproduction was the double-humped camel covered dish. Other new pieces were rumored to exist, but none were proven. Three more new pieces with the McKee script mark were found in 1999.
No new piece marked McKee was ever made by McKee. The three new pieces include a figural buffalo paperweight originally made by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Works (Greentown); the so-called "wavy base" duck covered dish originally made by Challinor-Taylor and a humpback rabbit covered dish, original maker unknown but not McKee. The buffalo and duck are in white milk glass, the rabbit is dark green glass.
The new McKee script mark is molded in both old and new pieces. New McKee script marks end in a rounded curve (Fig. 1). The original script McKee mark hooks back towards the full word (Fig. 2).
All the new pieces marked McKee were made by Summit Glass. Since none of the McKee items were listed in Summit's general price list, it's assumed but not known for sure, that the McKee pieces were private mold work.
Original McKee animals and covered dishes with authentic script marks are among the rarest and most expensive pieces of milk glass. Depending on subject, some pieces sell for over $2,000. An original Greentown milk glass buffalo sells for $300-$500.
Thanks to Frank Chiarenza, President of the National Milk Glass Society for alerting ACRN to the additional McKee reproductions.